Small Jack Sparrow Details From The Pirates Movies That Demand A Rewatch

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When Disney first announced it was making a movie based on one of its old rides, most people thought the studio was off its rocker. That sentiment dissolved the second Captain Jack Sparrow came onto the silver screen, and it's all thanks to the absolutely brilliant performance of the inimitable Johnny Depp (as well as the commendable performances by the rest of the memorable cast). His work as Sparrow kept the franchise going for years, and fans have loved every aspect of his performance.

Fans have picked apart his performance, finding interesting details that make it all the better. Still, no matter how many times you watch the Pirates of the Caribbean films, there's no way to see every detail that shows up on the screen. Nevertheless, plenty of people have noticed them and posted their findings on the MovieDetails subreddit. This list takes a look at some of the best small Jack Sparrow details from the Pirates of the Caribbean films that demand a rewatch.

Photo: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl / Buena Pictures Vista Distribution

  • 1
    403 VOTES

    Captain Jack Isn't Always Intoxicated Despite Appearances

    From Redditor u/itty53:

    In the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Jack Sparrow isn't constantly drunk, he has sea legs. When he's on land, he walks with a distinct sway. When he's on a boat, he walks straight as an arrow.

    403 votes
  • 2
    258 VOTES

    Jack Is Well Read

    From Redditor u/Tokyono:

    In Pirates of the Caribbean (2003), Captain Jack Sparrow tells two of Barbossa's crewmen that "The deepest circle of hell is reserved for betrayers and mutineers." This is a reference to Dante's Inferno, where the 9th circle of hell (the deepest circle) is Treachery.

    258 votes
  • 3
    358 VOTES

    Jack's Song In 'Dead Man's Chest' Is Entirely Improvised

    From Redditor u/melalegolas:

    In the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006), the little song "I’ve got a jar of dirt" sung by Captain Jack Sparrow was completely improvised by Johnny Depp. That’s why the surprised reactions from the other actors are completely real.

    358 votes
  • 4
    280 VOTES

    Jack's Syphilis Is Evident And Worsens Across The Franchise

    From Redditor u/please-kill-me-69:

    In the Pirates of the Caribbean series (2003), Jack Sparrow has a red spot on this jaw. This red spot is a joke between Depp and the makeup department. The red spot is actually supposed to be syphilis, and it gets progressively more noticeable in each film.

    280 votes
  • 5
    285 VOTES

    Captain Jack's Hats Float Because Johnny Depp Kept Losing Them In The Water

    From Redditor u/Tokyono:

    In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), most of Jack Sparrow’s hats are made of rubber. This is because Johnny Depp kept losing them and throwing them overboard. After he lost ten leather hats, the costume designer started making them out of rubber so that they would float instead of sink.

    285 votes
  • 6
    206 VOTES

    The Colors Of Jack's Beads & Rings Are Nautically Significant

    From Redditor u/der_innkeeper:

    In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006), Jack Sparrow has red and green beads in his beard braids, and red and green rings on his left and right index fingers, respectively. Red is used to demark the left/port side of a ship for navigation, and green for the right/starboard side.

    206 votes